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How Software can Beef up Your Musicianship

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Interested in learning the electric, bass or acoustic guitar? Need lessons in the Scripps Ranch or Sabre Springs area? Would you like to learn to play your favorite songs?

Contact Glenn Sutton at 619-306-3664.

Using Computer Software to Improve Your Playing

Believe it or not, technology really can help you become a better player, even if you play an acoustic! Following are some great programs that you may want to check out to improve your playing and widen your repertoire. (Note: Prices listed are accurate as of 2015 and subject to change.)

Amazing Slow Downer

This fantastic tool allows you to change the speed of your music - from 20% (one-fifth speed) to 200% (double speed) - without changing the pitch. If your song is in the wrong key, you can change the pitch in semitones. If your instrument was out of tune, you can use this software to adjust the pitch to suit your instrument. This is all done in real time, just insert the CD and press play. It also slows down most types of media files, including MP3 and Windows Media Audio. The full-featured edition is available for Mac and PC. Lighter versions are available for Android, iPhone, iPad and Kindle. Mac/PC, $49.99; others, $14.99. Free trial versions available.



SmartMusic is an innovative educational product for anyone who is serious about learning or teaching music. As students play along with music on screen, SmartMusic gives them immediate feedback on their performance by showing correct pitches and rhythms in green and incorrect in red. They are also able to hear their part in context with SmartMusic’s background accompaniment of a full ensemble. The teacher is able to track each student’s progress, genuinely individualizing music education. Student membership, $40 per year; educator membership, $140/year. Educator trial and reasonably-priced discovery (starter) pack available.


EarMaster 6.2

This brilliant piece of software can make any player a better musician. This very affordable program ($59.99) gives you everything you need to learn to read sheet music and to play music by ear. It contains 2,000 exercises to develop your eye and your ear, is completely customizable, and gives you detailed statistics to monitor your progress. This program is used by music schools all over the world. Free trial version available.



The PianoMarvel system has been shown to advance piano students four- to eight-times quicker than with traditional learning programs. Video game elements are added in to make it more interesting and fun for modern students. PianoMarvel provides instant feedback and progress tracking. A MIDI-enabled piano or keyboard, a computer, and a high-speed internet connection are needed. Free and Premium memberships are available. Premium membership starts at $15/mo.



This free download allows you to create, play, and print sheet music for your compositions. It allows you to compose for multiple instruments and has an easy-to-use interface. There are versions available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Free download, donations accepted.


Phone Glenn Sutton at: 619-306-3664 or email: guitarman.glenn@gmail.com

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  • Electric Guitar Lessons
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  • Acoustic Guitar Lessons
  • Keyboard Lessons
  • Piano Lessons
  • Organ Instruction
  • Learning to Write Music
  • Advanced Improv Techniques
  • Performance Techniques



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